April 24, 2012
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Release (4.24.12)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The eight Patriot League schools are down to the final week of regular-season competition before the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championship takes place in Worcester, Mass., on May 4-5.
Bucknell senior Leonard Joseph picked up his second straight Patriot League Field Athlete of the Week award after passing an IC4A distance in the hammer for the second straight week. Joseph's toss of 204-5 helped him finish first at the Bucknell Team Challenge.
His teammate Christian Lupica won the Male Rookie of the Week award with a pair of IC4A times in the 110 hurdles (14.70) and the 400 relay (41.97).
Colgate also picked up a pair of weekly awards with Chelsea Burns being named the Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Week and Alicia Minella being named the Patriot League Female Rookie of the Week.
Burns placed seventh in the 5,000 at the Larry Ellis Invitational with an ECAC time of 16:37.57.
Minella finished first in a pair of events at the Greyhound Invitational, winning the 200 dash (24.74) and the 400 (56.02). Her time in the 200 was good enough for a bid to the ECAC Championships.
Lehigh's Evan Kosgei broke the string of four consecutive weekly awards by Lafayette's Jerome Rudolph by winning the Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week award. Kosgei finished eighth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational with an IC4A time of 8:52.41.
Navy picked up the final weekly award with sophomore Lauren Allam being named the Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week. She competed in several events, finishing in the top five in five events at two different competitions. She won titles in the discus at both the Larry Ellis Invitational and the McDaniel Invite. In both she met ECAC-qualifying distances with her best throw of 157-3 coming at the Larry Ellis Invite. She also placed second in the shot put (41-6), fourth in the javelin (101-8) and fourth in the hammer (128-10) at the McDaniel Invite.
Many student-athletes from all eight schools will compete at the Penn Relays, while the rest will gear up for the Patriot League Championship. For more information on the Patriot League Championship, including the schedule of events, click here.
Patriot League Notebook
NAVY MEN RANKED 5TH IN USTFCCCA REGION POLL
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released its fourth regional poll on April 24 with the Navy men at No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic Region with 354.41 points. Bucknell dropped from fifth to seventh with 342.01 points, and Lafayette dropped two spots to 11th (229.22). Army dropped four places in the Northeast Region to 12th place with 251.25 points.
On the women's side, Navy is the only team in the Top 15 rankings, sitting at No. 14 in the Mid-Atlantic Region poll with 201.80 points.
NAVY'S DUNCAVAGE LEADS IC4A DISCUS QUALIFIERS
Navy sophomore Zack Duncavage is the top IC4A qualifier in the discus with his distance of 181-6, which he posted at Star Meet. Duncavage unleashed a discus throw of 181-6 to take first place in the event and score five team points for Navy. The Mids were in a battle with Army late in the meet when the discus was completed and added to the team score and Duncavage's points helped Navy keep the score close with Army. Duncavage's discus mark is a personal record by 10 feet. Duncavage broke Nate Michael's 2004 school record of 178-11.
Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Weekly Awards
MALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
EVANS KOSGEI, LEHIGH Sr., Moiben, Ga.
Kosgei finished eighth in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Memorial, posting an IC4A time of 8:52.41. His time set a new school record and could be good enough for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. This is Kosgei's first outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA BURNS, COLGATE Sr., Seattle, Wash.
Burns finished seventh in the 5,000 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, recording an ECAC time of 16:36.57, which was the second fastest time in the 5,000 in school history. This is Burns' first outdoor weekly award.
MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LEONARD JOSEPH, BUCKNELL Sr., Whitesboro, N.Y.
Joseph finished first in the hammer at the Bucknell Team Challenge, posting an IC4A distance on 204-5, which is a personal best. Joseph also finished ninth in the discus (154-10). This is Joseph's second straight outdoor weekly award.
FEMALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN ALLAM, NAVY So., Pasadena, Md.
Allam posted several top five performances at a pair of events, including individual titles in the discus at the Larry Ellis Invite (157-3) and McDaniel Invite (143-9). Both distances were ECAC qualifiers. Allam also finished second in the shot put (41-6), fourth in the hammer (128-10) and fourth in the javelin (101-8) at the McDaniel Invite.
MALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIAN LUPICA, BUCKNELL Fr., Newtown, Pa.
Lupica finished first and posted IC4A times in both the 110 hurdles (14.70) and 400 relay (41.97) at the Bucknell Team Challenge. This is his first outdoor weekly award after winning a pair of awards during the indoor season.
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALICIA MINELLA, COLGATE Fr., Kennett Square, Pa.
Minella finished first in the 200 and the 400 at the Greyhound Invitational on Saturday. Her time of 24.74 seconds matched an ECAC qualifying mark. She finished the 400 in 56.02 seconds, narrowly missing a second ECAC time.
ROBERT ARENT, BUCKNELL Sr., New Providence, N.J.
Arent finished first in the 110 hurdles (14.85) and 400 (48.25), both IC4A times, at the Bucknell Team Challenge.
HANA CASALNOVA, BUCKNELL So., Grove City, Pa.
Casalnova finished first in the 800 with an ECAC time of 2:10.70 at the Bucknell Team Challenge.
KAT FOLGER, BUCKNELL Sr., Groton, Mass.
Folger finished second in the javelin at the Bucknell Team Challenge with an ECAC distance of 156-6.
STEPHANIE OKPOEBO, HOLY CROSS So., Chelmsford, Mass.
Okpoebo finished first in a pair of events, including an ECAC time of 12.06 seconds in the 100 dash. She also won the 200 (24.92).
REBECCA DUHAMEL, LEHIGH So., Wenatchee, Wash.
Duhamel finished first in the discus at the Greyhound Invite with an ECAC distance of 148-11.
JESSICA KENDZOR, LEHIGH So., Somers, N.Y.
Kendzor finished 10th in the 800 with an ECAC time of 2:09.38 at the Larry Ellis Invite. She also finished third in the 400 (56.79) at the Greyhound Invite.
JESS PALACIO, NAVY Sr., Sun Valley, Nev.
Palacio finished ninth overall and fifth among collegians in the 1,500 with an ECAC time of 4:20.87 at the Mt. SAC Relays.
CODY ROME, NAVY Sr., Eagle, Idaho
Rome finished fourth in the 5,000 at the Larry Ellis Invite with an IC4A time of 14:01.36.